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July 17th

Leadership is A Blessing

Mayor Dan Hollingsworth and the Ruston Board of Aldermen have set an example of cooperation and leadership that should be emulated by other larger cities throughout our region.
The Lincoln Parish Police Jury has shown time and again that it will take a stand and do what’s right and in the best interest of the taxpayers of Lincoln Parish.

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Summer fun — had me a blast

Afternoons were spent not only in the pool or eating Tic-Tacs, but also in the gym playing basketball or volleyball and in the classroom brushing up on the day’s schoolwork. I even remember a time when square-dancing was part of my after-school activities with the YMCA.
It was perfect for the kids who were too young to ride to the mall with friends or still needed supervision for a couple of hours while Mom and Dad were at work.

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Downs rates session as one of the best

“Along with the changes to the MFP (Minimum Foundation Program), the parish’s teachers will see a pay raise of more than $3,500 a month,” Downs said. “We were also able to give pay raises of 5 percent to Louisiana Tech and Grambling State professors.”
That’s a combined $4 million in salaries that will stay in Lincoln Parish, Downs said.
“When you consider that most people say a dollar turns over five times before it leaves an area, you’re looking at an economic impact of about $20 million,” Downs said.
Other areas in education that received funding were:

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Growth means bigger, better things for area

Consider this: two years ago when my wife Susan and I moved to Ruston we had no theater. Now we have two — the refurbished Dixie located in the heart of downtown Ruston and the Celebrity Theatre located along I-20.
Other businesses that have arrived or expanded in the past two years include The Frothy Monkey, Pie Works, The Cake Plate, Bobcat’s Kajun Kitchen, Lowe’s, Chili’s and Raisin’ Cane’s.
On the near horizon are Starbucks Coffee, at least two new hotels, and an Applebee’s, as well as numerous other businesses that have not yet announced their openings.

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Best was simply that

While Best was noted for his generosity as owner of the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise in Ruston, he was also seen as someone who would do anything for his fellow man.
Whether it involved his church — First Baptist of Ruston — or his work with the Ruston Rotary Club, Best was, quite simply, the best.
A few comments from those who knew Best best explains how much he meant to this area, and how much he will be missed.
• “He was always behind the scenes, and we all depended on him to always be there.” — Charles Hart.

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’Dogs have All-WAC talent

But it’s in football where the former Mangham High School star is best known to Tech fans, thus he will carry an extra amount of incentive into a 2006 campaign that will kick off on Sept. 2 at the University of Nebraska.
“Everybody who has played in college dreams of being either an All-American or all-conference pick and I have been fortunate to be named All-WAC in track,” Holland said. “If it turns out that I can have a good season, then all-conference in football would be nice, but it would because I would be helping our team and being a contributor. It wouldn’t mean much otherwise.”

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Driver hits house, charged with DWI

Records show that Turner was observed driving on Maple Street using fog lights, although the weather was clear. When an officer tried to stop him, Turner continued, driving 50 mph in a 25 mph zone. He then ran the stop sign at the intersection of Maple Street and Barnett Springs, traveling at speeds over 80 mph before leaving the roadway and hitting a house, according to records.

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July 14th

D.A.R.T. urges violence awareness

“The ‘it doesn’t happen to people I know’ train of thought doesn’t apply with domestic violence. Domestic violence accounts for more injuries to women than car accidents, rapes and muggings combined. This statistic alone screams for social change and action,” Maxwell said. “We have to educate the community. How can anything improve if no one is aware or has any community support?”
Maxwell said she has seen many women come through D.A.R.T.’s doors with textbook stories of physical and emotional abuse.

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Check city of Ruston first

Every effort is being made to advertise our downtown to travelers on I-20. That will require more of an effort perhaps than is required for the businesses located in the Interstate development itself.
We should feel very fortunate that we have the best of both worlds in Ruston.
We have the booming development along the Interstate which not only provides a greater variety of dining, shopping and entertainment for local residents but also attracts travelers for both brief and extended stays who leave their dollars here when they depart.

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Years, miles, circumstances

It started in nursery school I suppose. I really just cannot remember a time when we were not special friends. It continued through kindergarten and elementary school at A.E. Phillips.
We went to all of those frilly birthday parties when the children actually dressed up to celebrate the passing of one more year.
As our elementary years progressed we were taught to respect and cherish our friendships and regard those as something to hold sacred over the years.

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